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Fact-checking farmers markets, mystery Spotify bank charges: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need from the week, including a push by Calgary farmers markets so you can be sure where your produce comes from, the pain of a margarita burn, and strange Spotify bank charges.

Newsletter: Consumer and health news you need from the week

Calgary farmers markets say they want Alberta to crack down on market vendors to make it easier for you to know where their produce originates. (Ian Black/CBC)

Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.

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Fact-checking farmers markets

Calgary farmers markets say they want Alberta to crack down on farmers market vendors to make it easier for you to know where their produce originates. In 2017, we found that Ontario farmers markets weren't always upfront about whether they were selling local produce.

Beware the margarita burn

When making a margarita to beat the heat this summer, you might want to take it easy on the limes. As one woman learned, squeezing limes in the sun can lead to a nasty condition known as the margarita burn.

Amber Prepchuk discovered she had a case of phytophotodermatitis after making a round of margaritas. (Amber Prepchuk)

Strange bank charges from Spotify? You're not alone

Danielle Parent says she was left without money for groceries after Spotify charges for nearly $500 put her in overdraft. She, and a number of other Canadians say even though they don't subscribe to the streaming service, they've had money removed directly from their chequing accounts.

A number of Canadians who don't subscribe to Spotify have recently seen charges on their chequing accounts from the music streaming service. (Reuters)

Swoop slammed after flurry of delayed and cancelled flights

Travellers weren't happy with low-cost airline Swoop when they were told their flights were cancelled or delayed, leaving them scrambling to make new travel plans. Swoop apologized and blamed unexpected maintenance on one of its aircraft for the nearly two dozen flights that were affected.

Nearly a dozen Swoop flights were cancelled because of 'unscheduled maintenance.' (Shawn Benjamin/CBC)

EpiPen rival launches 

A shortage of the life-saving EpiPen may have had some allergy sufferers worried, but an alternative that was recently launched in the U.S. may have some breathing a sigh of relief. Novartis's Symjepi delivers epinephrine, a critical medicine in the event of severe allergic reactions.

Symjepi delivers epinephrine, a critical medicine in the event of severe allergic reactions. (Sandoz)

What else is going on?

The latest in recalls

Marketplace is looking for parents and kids to take our test

Do you know what goes on at your kid's school? We're looking for parents and their kids in the Toronto area who are willing to take our test on camera. From your kid's favourite teacher to what they've learned in sex-ed — we want to know how much parents really know. And this time the kids get to do the grading! Get in touch with us for more details.

What should we investigate next?

Our television season has wrapped, but you can catch up on previous Marketplace investigations on CBC Gem. From scams, misleading marketing claims, to products and services that could put your health at risk, we are working on bringing you brand-new investigations this fall. If you have a story you think we should be covering, email us at marketplace@cbc.ca.

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